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Janine Mendes-Franco

I am a media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. I blog at WIM. My Twitter handle is @JanineMFranco.

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Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco

14 March 2015

One Small Step for a Trinidadian Rocket Scientist, One Giant Leap for Young Women

"I know what space did for me -- it pulled me outside of myself -- and I wanted to give that back," Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne tells Global Voices.

8 March 2015

Jamaica's Marijuana Decriminalisation: Will the Rest of the Caribbean Follow Suit?

Jamaica has finally 'freed up the herb', prompting Caribbean netizens to debate which other states in the region might soon 'pass the dutchie'.

27 February 2015

Oil and Water Don't Mix—Except in Trinidad

Residents noticed a strong smell of oil coming from their taps - but why was was the water supply still operational if authorities could not contain the threat?

25 February 2015

Trinidad & Tobago Has ‘Carnival Mentality’. Is That Necessarily a Bad Thing?

Carnival mentality refers to the carefree attitude on display at Trinidad and Tobago's biggest party. Some argue the term should represent industriousness -- Carnival takes a lot of work.

21 February 2015

The Politics of ‘Wining’ in Trinidad & Tobago

Did a candidate for prime-minister just 'wine' on a female reveller at the carnival? This political scandal is a potent cocktail of sex, race and patriarchy.

20 February 2015

The Colourful Sights and Sounds of Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

In this photo post, take a look at all the amazing aspects of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2015 - from traditional characters to the ever-popular "pretty mas'".

11 February 2015

The Caribbean Is Stuck in a ‘Blame the Victim’ Mindset

A couple of recent cases reveal that one of the most disturbing aspects of the region's complicated relationship with sex and gender is alive and well.

4 February 2015

Trinidad & Tobago's ‘Pass-the-Buck’ Politics

Her attorney general faces obstruction-of-justice charges, but the prime minister has laid the blame for her government's woes elsewhere.

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